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Biobanking pp 433-443 | Cite as

Domestic and International Shipping of Biospecimens

  • Dominique Gordy
  • Randy S. Tashjian
  • Hannah Lee
  • Masoud Movassaghi
  • William H. Yong
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1897)

Abstract

The packaging and shipment of biospecimens is a multistep process for which a distinct set of regulations needs to be followed, depending on whether a biospecimen is shipped domestically or internationally and whether the shipment contains hazardous materials. Shipments may be delayed if these regulations are not followed. Once learned, the process is straightforward. Major principles include double or triple packaging, adequate absorbent material, appropriate coolant, accurate labeling, and complete documentation. Training in packaging and shipping is often offered at major biomedical institutions and is a requirement to avoid shipping biohazards.

Key words

Biohazard Biobank Biospecimen Shipping IATA Dry ice Frozen 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported in part by NIH:NCI P50-CA211015, NIH:NIMH U24 MH100929, the Art of the Brain Foundation, and the Henry E. Singleton Brain Cancer Research Program.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominique Gordy
    • 1
  • Randy S. Tashjian
    • 1
  • Hannah Lee
    • 1
  • Masoud Movassaghi
    • 1
  • William H. Yong
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Brain Tumor Translational ResourceDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

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